Apply for a Grant

Grant proposals for the 2015-16 cycle are due on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Any benefits-eligible USC employee, group of employees, unit, department, school or combination thereof is eligible to apply for a USC Good Neighbors grant. To be considered for funding, proposed programs must incorporate genuine university-community partnerships and support one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives.

University-Community Partnerships
Each year, USC Good Neighbors seeks to fund programs that involve a reciprocal partnership with at least one community-based, tax-exempt organization that operates within the USC Good Neighbors service areas.

Health Sciences Campus Service Area: The area bounded by North Broadway to the north, Cesar Chavez Avenue to the south, Indiana Street to the east and Daly Street/Santa Ana (5) Freeway to the west.

University Park Campus Service Area: The area bounded by Santa Monica/10 Freeway to the north, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south, Harbor/110 Freeway to the east, Western Avenue to the west.

University-Community Initiatives
Programs must be directed toward meeting one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives aimed at strengthening the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.

  • Improve the quality of K-12 education, and the quality of life for children and their families, with special consideration for: Providing specific metrics to measure improvement in student achievement (e.g., increase in reading/writing/math proficiency level, improvements in test scores, application of learned concepts)
  • Improve health outcomes, particularly in the area of obesity and diabetes, and provide specific metrics for measuring improvement (e.g., weight loss, changes in behaviors, changes in perceptions)
  • Improve community safety through community policing or other initiatives, with special consideration to proposals that address community safety through peace building, peacemaking, dispute resolution, mediation and similar means
  • Promote economic development, including entrepreneurial stimulation, neighborhood beautification and employability enhancement for local residents with special consideration for:
    • Supporting job creation, encompassing training and small business development and including but not limited to a focus on workforce training, entrepreneurship development, accessing capital and securing job contracts

Additional Criteria
Additional criteria used for selecting grant recipients and determining awards are at the discretion of the grant review committee. Such determinations are not subject to review by any other party.

How to Apply
USC Good Neighbors Common Grant Online Application Links

New applicants create an account here.

Applicants with an existing account, go here.

Information Sessions
USC Good Neighbors grant proposal information sessions will be held at the Health Sciences Campus and the University Park Campus.

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 at noon: Health Sciences Campus/Good Neighbors Grant Proposal Information Session (Brown Bag, no lunch provided) at Hastings Auditorium, Hoffman Hall
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 9:30 am: University Park Campus/Good Neighbors Grant Porposal Information Session at Engemann Student Health Center, First Floor Conference Room (ESH)

USC Good Neighbors Office Hours
By appointment only, USC Community House, 2801 South Hoover Street, from January 12 through February 6, 2015.

Please call 213-743-4514 or email with questions and for appointments.

Elements of a Successful Proposal

  • Clearly stated objectives and goals
  • Evidence of a genuine partnership between USC and the community
  • Evidence of community input into the planning process
  • Provisions for impact and visibility, including target population and number affected
  • An implementation plan
  • A plan for assessment of impact and evaluation of results
  • A plan for the future, including how the project will continue after USC Good Neighbors funding has expired
  • Proof that the community-based partner is a corporation in good standing with tax-exempt status
  • Evidence of use of USC Good Neighbors dollars to leverage other funding
  • Application,Budget Worksheets, and letters of support

Grant Review Process
The USC Good Neighbors grant review committee, composed of faculty and staff from both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses, evaluates all applications with respect to community impact, cost-effectiveness, volunteer involvement and measurable progress toward meeting one or more of USC’s university-community initiatives. As part of its evaluation process, the grant review committee may elect to interview USC partners whose proposals have advanced to the final round. The grant period is one year: July 1 to June 30 annually.